16 April 2014

San Carlo Manchester

40-42 King Street West, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 2WY

£30.00 Italian Greater Manchester
  • Wine: £12.95
  • Champagne: £31.95
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11pm

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Part of the big-city San Carlo group, this immensely popular Italian rocks even when tumbleweed blows through the rest of the city. At weekends, star-spotting at the huge bar is a regular pastime, as punters see if they can espy Rihanna, Ant & Dec, Sir Alex Ferguson and other A-list regulars. Apart from the glitz and the excellent cocktails, the main attraction is the combination of good trattoria food and sparky service transplanted to a sleek urban setting. Top shouts on the menu include beef carpaccio, richly sauced steaks and pasta – perhaps linguine with clams or garganelli with spicy Calabrian sausage and porcini. Otherwise, fish specials from the blackboard go down a treat with plenty of Champagne – why not? Overall, the cooking is much better than you might expect from a branded venue.

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  1. San Carlo Manchester

    40-42 King Street West, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 2WY
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    James A.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  1. “I feel a bit like I’m eating at Vesuvio’s with Tony and the guys,” said The Restaurant Fanatic, visibly happy with the comparison. And he’s right – the San Carlo’s experience is all very dramatic. Before you’ve even sat down at your table, you’re greeted by three attractive front of house girls, with infectious, toothy smiles, and taken around an impressive display of lobsters and crabs, so perfect they almost look like fake, amongst a forest of emerald green parsley and gigantic spherical lemons on a mountain of ice. Walking past other tables, we see some patrons who almost belong in Vesuvio’s in The Sopranos – middle-aged balding men with napkins tucked into their shirts, their wives wearing their best cocktail dresses and jewellery and groups of non-descript businessmen in suits with their clients. All this, just a 10 minute drive from Manchester Piccadilly...
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